December 5: The Importance of a Prayer Altar

Genesis 12:8

And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD

Hebrews 13:15

By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

A prayer altar is a place of interaction between heaven and earth. It is a place of sacrifice where sacrifices of praise, intercessions, and supplications are offered to God. It is a place of consecration and devotion unto God. It is a place of exchange; it is also a place of intervention. It is a place of encounter with God. It is a time set out on a regular basis, not occasionally, when seeking the Lord in deep meditation in the Word and in prayer, ministering to Him and receiving His will for your life are done. An altar denotes and connotes devotion. The altar is both a set place (physical and/or spiritual) and a set time; it is a consistent schedule that accommodates and makes room for the manifestation of God in your life. The prayer altar is the place of communion with God. What a great privilege it is for us to commune with the only true God. The prayer altar is the place where your spirit is conditioned to respond to the Holy Spirit, and you come in sync with the Holy Spirit. The prayer altar is a place of visions and revelations, where God shows you things. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation is given room to operate in your life, causing you to see things beyond the natural. That’s where God shows you the invisible, which empowers you to do the impossible.

The prayer altar is set as we devote some quality time to seek the face of God consistently, in a place where distraction is eliminated. In Mark 1:35, the Word tells us that long before the dawning of the day, the Lord Jesus Christ went to a solitary place and there He prayed. Note that He had a prayer place, which was solitary, in that it was void of distractions. Why is this important? A prayer place instils in you a good sense of discipline and devotion to God. Choosing the right prayer place is one of the requirements of an effective prayer life. Choosing a prayer place that is void of distractions is as important as the need to pray itself. Again, He went out to pray before the dawning of the day. Why? To avoid distractions. Timing is also very important, particularly when praying the prayer of intimacy and supplication. Make up your mind to have a prayer altar, when you do, the Spirit of God will work with you, blessing you, and using you to bless countless people all over the world.

My Solid Front (Confession): 

I declare that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is my God; He is the One to whom I offer my sacrifices. I declare that I am not frivolous about my altar of prayer to my God; I am disciplined and deliberate about my altar of prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Further Meditation:

Genesis 26:25; Revelation 8:1-5.